Reading up on Monday’s task, I looked through the PDF on Moodle and started researching my chosen object. In this case, the Geometric Puzzle. I looked up its history, its cultural references and how the concept of puzzles influence my work as a Maker.
Below is my thought process:
Aspects of the Object:
- Interlocking Mechanisms
- Many small things making up a whole
- Beyond being a puzzle, its function is ambiguous
- Architectural elements (every piece must be perfect)
- Hands on / Engaging
What is a Puzzle?
- In a puzzle, one is required to put the pieces together in a logical way, in order to arrive at the correct solution of the puzzle.
- The word ‘puzzle’ comes from pusle, meaning “bewilder / confound”.
- Can be made from any material.
- The puzzle’s value is subjective to the individual trying to solve it.
- Every culture has its own puzzles.
- Desire to make and solve puzzles, spans the cultural divide.
- To me, puzzles represent a safety zone. They all have a solution and they’re logical. In focusing on solving the conundrum of the puzzle, my mind takes on a more relaxed state and removes the anxiety that life can create.
Myself as a Maker:
- As a maker, I tend to lean upon logic with my designs. This is what drew me to puzzles. However, in order to break out of this comfort zone, I want to take the concept of a 3D geometric puzzle and warp it.
- I aim to create more work that is organic and natural in appearance, at least.
- Although this follows rules of material construction, the outcome of the design would hopefully allow the form to take on a shape of its own and not the the representative of an exact Geometric Puzzle.
- I hope to incorporate elements of ambiguous and surreal Architecture.
- So as a maker, I want my work to transition from being too reliant on logic, to become more of an unsolvable puzzle.